Norman Corwin was one of my heroes; I never dreamed that one day I would also be able to call him a friend. When you’ve accomplished as much as he did, still have all your marbles as you turn 100 and live to be 101, it’s difficult to complain…but I’m still saddened by his death yesterday. Norman had a healthy ego and told Cris, his wonderful caregiver, that he hoped he would die on an unimportant day so people would take notice. I think he would be pleased by the news coverage of his passing.
I expressed my feelings about Norman in a centenary piece that ran last spring; in case you missed it, I’m reprinting it today as my epitaph for a great man.
I’ve written before about California Artists Radio Theater, a labor of love for veteran actress Peggy Webber, who grew up during the golden age of radio (and played Jack Webb’s elderly mother on Dragnet when she in her 20s) and keeps the medium alive with live performances of shows both old and new. Her repertory company includes people who, like Peggy, actually worked in network radio way back when, as well as younger actors who have taken to the medium like ducks to water (including William Shatner and Sean Astin). This new, revised website leads you to photos and—
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